Technology enhanced learning
Our technology enhanced learning programme is now in the fourth year of a five-year strategy to ensure that the use of technology enhanced learning (TEL) is appropriate and responsive to the changing health and social care environment.
The strategy aims to meet the needs of a multi-professional workforce and ensure that the investment in Kent, Surrey and Sussex reflects the principles set out in the Department of Health’s framework for technology enhanced learning. The framework sets out a clear vision for technology enhanced learning across health and social care.
Our vision is of a high quality, blended approach to using TEL which is centred on patient safety and multi-professional learning and which demonstrates organisational collaboration, delivering the skills and knowledge to underpin our skills development strategy.
The programme focuses on three key areas:
- Simulation: developing simulation training for multi-professional team-based learning and training further faculty to support simulation training
- E-learning: increasing and improving access to e-learning for the whole workforce and aligning mandatory e-learning with the core skills and training framework
- Mobile applications: exploring how to use mobile applications to provide easy access to tools for assessment and learning, which will improve patient care.
The oversight and direction of these is managed through the TEL Programme Board, with communications, sharing of best practice, and discussions about ongoing projects taking place through two network groups
Technology enhanced learning encompasses a wide range of methods to support learning. Some examples of these methodologies include e-learning courses, on-line assessments and resources, interactive digital media, video for learning and reflection, teleconferencing and webinars for virtual workshops and meetings, simulation using technical suites and equipment to create opportunities to practice clinical and communications skills. and simulation using virtual reality. In order to maximise the opportunities and possibilities offered through the use of technology, it is important to ensure learners have the appropriate skills and support to use these. Technology enhanced learning can only be truly effective if it is supported by educators with well-developed skills and knowledge in using the technologies and the ability to support the learning experience with facilitation skills.
Our strategy will ensure that the future investment in TEL across Kent, Surrey and Sussex reflects the principles in the Department of Health’s framework for technology enhanced learning and acknowledges the requirements from the HEE mandate and the education outcomes framework.
- Establish a strong functional stakeholder group and network to build upon and develop the way in which technology enhanced learning is used in learning and developing the workforce
- Develop and increase the provision of opportunities for multi-professional learning using technology
- Support and encourage the growth of innovation and new approaches to learning using technology
- Commission regional approaches and development of TEL that are aligned with national strategy and standards
- Utilise and contribute to the development of existing frameworks for assuring quality in technology enhanced learning and integrate these within the overall quality framework
- Support and promote quality assured centres and providers for all types of simulation education with appropriate resources to maximise the use of simulation in education in all areas and professions in the healthcare workforce
- Establish programmes of simulation accessible to learners in Kent, Surrey and Sussex that are linked to the strategic priorities, are patient centred, and have measurable outcomes
- Provide a support structure to include formal learning programmes, networking and resources which will increase the numbers of and develop and sustain faculty for simulation education
E-learning and hosting solutions
- Establish a regional facility for developing and hosting e-learning content, online assessment and resources
- Propose solutions to improve links between platforms that support e-learning, e-assessments and e-portfolios
- Identify opportunities for collaborative work and using patient stories in the development of e-learning content and mobile learning
- Ensure that all new e-learning meets the construction requirements of the national e-lfh platform and is designed for use on multiple devices and with multiple operating systems
- Develop, pilot and implement learning and assessment tools using mobile devices in different areas of learning and across different staff groups
- Encourage ways of working which facilitate virtual meetings, seminars and workshops utilising technology
- Ensure that regional approaches are aligned to national strategy and standards and that stakeholders are informed of any restrictions affecting the development of mobile applications
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